Summer launch for Ford Transit Connect Electric

The van, which is set for UK launch in the summer, will appear at the CV Show at the NEC in Birmingham from April 12-14th as Ford gears up for full production of the groundbreaking van.

Based on the Ford Transit Connect, the smaller brother of the best-selling Ford Transit, the Transit Connect Electric features a new all-electric drive train powered by a battery pack.

The van will be capable of travelling 80 miles between charges and can reach a top speed of 75mph. However, it will also boast a large cargo area of 3.8 cubic metres and will be capable of carrying a 410kg payload.

Ford has designed the van for urban areas where drivers travel familiar routes with ‘stop and go’ driving, where it will bring running costs and environmental impact from tailpipe emissions down dramatically compared to petrol and diesel engine vans.

The Ford Transit Connect will qualify for zero road tax in the UK and will be exempt from the London congestion charge – making it the ideal van for inner city deliveries or other work.

It will be the first all-electric mass produced van in the UK, but it will compete with the forthcoming Renault Kangoo Z.E. van later in the year.

The Ford Transit Connect Electric represents the first steps into the electric market for Ford, which hopes to introduce five electric and hybrid vehicles into the UK by 2013.

These include an all-electric version of the popular Focus city car, as well as possible hybrid versions of the C-Max MPV and larger, seven-seat Grand C-Max.

Prices for the new Ford Transit Connect Electric will be announced closer to the summer launch date.